[aprssig] Some obscure APRS client questions

Keith VE7GDH ve7gdh at rac.ca
Sat Nov 12 14:07:25 CST 2011

Bob WB4APR wrote...

> Interesting.  I do not remember that as part of the overlay.pos file
> format, but it is an interesting thought. Does UI-View do anything
> with that status text?  IE, parse it into the STATUS List?

Yes, it shows up in the status text... e.g. in the POS file...

LadyMinto>Lady Minto Hospital - Ganges, BC

and on the map, it shows as the hospital symbol, saying

"Hospital LadyMinto" (9 character limitation)

along with the lat / long, the word OVRLY in the "time" field, nothing
in the beacon comment, but with the following in the status text...

>Lady Minto Hospital - Ganges, BC

I have many useful local things in my overlay file. Most are duplicated
in the UI-InfoKiosk which anyone can interrogate and then see their
screen / map or whatever. They go out as objects on RF.

In part, the UI-View help on overlays says...

The format of an overlay file is very simple. The first line is a description,
subsequent lines are location lines or status text lines. Location lines consist of
up to nine characters for a callsign/identifier, followed by a '!', followed by a
position beacon. Status text lines consist of a callsign/identifier, a '>' , and
some status text.

NOTE - UI-View32 overlay files are not fully compatible with APRS overlay
files, because APRS doesn't support the status text lines. However, if you create
overlay files for UI-View32 and include status text, anyone wanting to use them
with APRS can easily remove the status text lines.

73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
"I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"

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